The implications of climate change for the future development have been the subject of countless papers and studies of indviduals and organisations. thanks to the Internet, most of them are accessible. we want to draw your attention to a small collection of interesting pages and documents, written from different perspectives and purposes, to get a broader view of the issue.
The “Letter from Quito” sums up the claims of the Latin American campaign for the right to education (cLAde) for the change of paradigm for the development of our societies. the paper was adopted at its VIIth Assembly that took place in Quito from April 10 – 13, just two months prior to rio+20. the document can be found at campanaderechoeducacion.org/clade2012/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/cLAde.carta-de-Quito.abril-2012.engLISH-Final.pdf
- In a paper under the title “Rio+20 Summit: The Key Issues”, Martin khor whose appraisal of the “Rio+20” you find in this volume summed up the critical issues that were at stake in the conference: www.southcentre. org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1746 %3Asb63&catid=144%3Asouth-bulletin-individual-articles&Itemid=287&lang=en
- Interesting complementary reading to Martin khor’s analysis of the results of “Rio +20” is provided by debesh Bowmik in his blog of June 23, 2012: “We, our planet and Rio+20”, dbhowmik.blog.com/2012/06/23/weour-planet-and-rio-20/. debesh Bowmik is a Life member of the International economc Association and the Indian economic Association.
- can sustainable development be achieved by increasing resource productivity? ernst ulrich von weizsäcker, a scientist and politician, and keen advocate for finally taking serious measures to combat climate change, argues that is not only desirable but eminently doable. on www.makingitmagazine. net/?p=152 you are acquainted with his most important theses that he elaborated in his book “Factor Five: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity”.
- the Mary robinson Foundation has done empirical research on the consequences of climate change for vulnerable rural populations. It has become evident that this is not only an ecological but also a gender-related issue that puts women under particular duress. the policy brief “Access to Sustainable Energy – The Gender Dimensions” illustrates the particular load that climate change puts on women’s shoulders: www.mrfcj.org/pdf/Policy-BriefMalawi-Access-to-Sustainable-energy-the-gender-dimensions.pdf
- A deeper study on the “Gender Perspectives on the Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification” was undertaken by yianna Lambrou and regina Laub. the results are online at www.fao.org sd/dim_pe1/docs/pe1_041002d1_en.doc the paper “Gender: The Missing Componentof the Response to Climate Change” was also authored by yianna Lambrou, together with grazia Piana. It was written a few years ago but provides interesting detailed reading on the gender element that frequently s overlooked in the climate change debate. It can be accessed at ftp://ftp. fao.org/docrep/fao/010/i0170e/i0170e00.pdf
- It is not only the organisations of civil society that are deeply concerned about the disastrous consequences of climate change and the urgent need for action at every level, global, regional and national politics as well as that of small communities and every individual person. FAo, the Food and Agriculture organization of the united nations, is evidently a governmental institution. In an exemplary way, in its policy document “CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE
– Managing Ecosystems for Sustainable Livelihoods” it advocates small scale commitments at the village level. the document can be accessed at http:// www.fao.org/docrep/015/an177e/an177e00.pdf
- Similarly, a group of international organisations including the “Center for Public Health and Climate Change”, “World Food Programme”, the “International Fund for Agricultural Development”, the “Mary Robinson Foundation”, the “United Nations Development Programme” undP, the FAo and the world Health organization, are advocating “Food and Nutrition Security, Health and Gender Equality”: Partnerships for climate-resilient sustainable development: climatehealthconnect.org/sites/climatehealthconnect. org/files/resources/eXe2_Lr_w_Partnership %20for %20the %20integration%20of%20%20%20%282%29.pdf
- For our Spanish-speaking readers we recommend looking at the web pages of the agro-ecological movement of Latin America and the carribean (MAeLA) and their electronic magazine “hoja a hoja”: www.maela-agroecologia.org/boletin-hoja-a-hoja/ MAeLA is one of the oldest and most successful agro-ecological networks that we are aware of.